Interview with Lara Dunston, part 2

Continuing our interview with writer Lara Dunston, this week with discussing the future of travel writing, online tools, the nitty gritty of the business, and whether or not travel writing is actually any fun. Nomadic Matt: Chuck Thompson said last month that he thought travel writing was great but that you couldn’t make a living doing it unless you were someone like Bill Bryson. Do you think that is true? Or do you find that you can be just travel […]

The Saturday City: Vancouver

Located in British Columbia, Vancouver is the largest city in Western Canada and the third-largest in all of Canada. It is known for its natural beauty, as it is nestled between the mountains and the ocean. Vancouver is one of my top ten favorite cities in the world. Vancouver’s proximity to the ocean and the mountains provides for an excellent location: within minutes, you can get from downtown to the mountains or the beach. Vancouver is a dream for city-dwellers who […]

Seven Things to Do in Iceland (Why You Should Go Right Now!)

The world’s economy is crashing, and no country is feeling the pain of this global credit meltdown more than Iceland. The country’s overextended banking industry has collapsed, and the country has declared bankruptcy. Yes, I said the COUNTRY. The last few weeks have seen its currency completely freefall. The current exchange rate is 122 Krona to a dollar, up from 77 in May 2008. Compared to last year, you’re getting double your value, and the winter deals are making accommodation […]

Interview with Lara Dunston

Lara Dunston, author of many Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, and Eyewitness travel guides, is this month’s travel interview. Lara provided such a depth of answers that this interview will be spread out over two posts and will cover a wide range of topics, including addressing some of the issues Thomas Khonstamm and Chuck Thompson brought up in previous interviews. Nomadic Matt: For starters, what gave you the travel bug? Lara Dunston: I blame the travel bug on this pivotal event […]

Top Signs You are a Backpacker

Are you a backpacker? Are you not sure if you are? Backpacking is more than slinging a backpack over your shoulder and setting off. It’s a way of traveling. If you’ve ever wondered whether or not you’re a backpacker, now is the time to find out. If you do any of these things, chances are you’re a backpacker! You don’t know what to write down when asked for your permanent address. You don’t know what to write down for occupation on […]

Why Americans Don’t Travel Overseas

We’ve all heard the alarming statistic—only 15% of Americans own a passport. (2014 update: That number is about 36% now, compared to about 70% of Brits and Australians.) That number is rising, but only because Americans are now required to show a passport when going to Mexico and Canada. Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin first got her passport last year and has only traveled overseas to military bases in Iraq and Germany. In fact, she’s implied that traveling is for […]

The Saturday City: Bristol

One of the great things about running a travel website is that you get to meet other travelers. While in England this summer, I received an offer to explore the English city of Bristol with Heather.  Around England, I’d explain my route through the country and people would universally go, “Bristol? There’s not much there.” Needless to say, I had low expectations. I’m not sure what Bristol people were referring too, however, because I found a hip college town with amazing eateries, […]